The GGS Department presents a day-long seminar on the ‘Syrian Holocaust and the New Cold War in the Middle East’, on Saturday, 3/1/2014, 9:00am-3:00pm, at Exploratory Hall, Room LL-003. With an exceptional list of presenters, including former CIA Director Michael Hayden, this will be an exciting event!
GGS Faculty Dr. Nigel Waters gives Keynote Address at the ‘Spatial Knowledge and Information’ conference in Banff, Alberta. (Website link: http://rose.geog.mcgill.ca/ski/program2014)
Title: Research thoughts from George Mason University’s GIS Center of Excellence (plus some advice on surviving graduate school)
Abstract: This talk will provide a retrospective following the completion of a number of research projects at George Mason University. First, it will consider how crowd-sourced VGI can be used to supplement the frustrations and limitations of using authoritative data to mitigate the effects of natural disasters (research funded by the US Federal Department of Transportation). Second, it will describe research to improve the allocation of the US liver transplantation system (funded by the National Institutes of Health). Third, it will describe the various initiatives that led to the construction of the GIS Body of Knowledge. This will be supplemented by an account of my involvement with the US University Consortium on Geographic Information Science’s proposal to develop the Body of Knowledge 2.0. Fourth, it will discuss theoretical aspects of social networks and consider whether spatial is special when it is social (surprisingly, it often is), what is wrong with past research into the structure of the internet and why existing theoretical foundations into the scalability of the internet are difficult or impossible to interpret. This discussion will conclude with a proposal for a Second Law of Geography. The talk will finish with advice to graduate students.
Congratulations and good luck to Dr. Sheryl Beach who is departing Mason to take a position as Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas at Austin. She will remain associated with our department as an affiliate research (CEOSR) and faculty member. Dr. Anthony Stefanidis has been appointed Acting Chair and Dr. Tim Leslie will be serving as Acting Associate Chair.
The GGS Department hosted GIS Day 2013 on Wednesday, November 20th at the Center for the Performing Arts. Thank you to all of our students, sponsors, and participants for making GIS Day 2013 a great success! Thank you to our guest speakers- Mr. Nate Smith, Mr. Keith Barber and Dr. Max Barber. Congratulations to Di Wu- Our Winner for the Graduate Research Best Poster Competition, David Attaway- Our Winner for the Graduate Research Best Poster Presentation Competition, Kelsey Ciarrocca- Our Winner for the Under Graduate Best Poster Presentation Competition, Rebecca Rice- Our Winner for the Undergraduate Stand Alone Best Poster Competition, Jessica Fayne-1st Place Winner for the Bike Map Competition, Adam Jefferson-2nd Place Winner for the Bike Map Competition, Susan Lyon-3rd Place Winner for the Bike Map Competition. Join us for next year’s GIS Day on Nov 19th 2014.